Holidays: How to relax and unwind

The Financial Services Compensation Scheme (FSCS), the UK’s deposit protection scheme, has discovered that 81% of people contact friends and family while on holiday. When you save for so long to pay for a holiday it is important to make sure that you switch off and wind down. 

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If emails, texts and calls are ruining those special holiday moments then relationship and work/life balance coach Jo Barnett has some top tips that may help:

1. Keep active 

A great way to unwind is to take part in a new activity like surfing or diving. Choose anything that interests you where you will meet like-minded people.  All exercise will leave you feeling energised and get the endorphins going, leaving you feeling fantastic for the rest of the day!  Simply walking for twenty minutes will help relax you so try to schedule this into your day.

2. Eat well

Mealtimes are a great opportunity to sample local healthy foods. Opt for fresh fish, salads and fruit, to keep your energy and mood soaring to the max!   Keep your phone off the table so that you get to fully connect with the company around you and benefit from some stimulating conversations.

3. Relax 

Mindfulness is a new craze not to be underestimated.   You can sample this yourself by settling into a comfy chair or sun lounger and feeling the sun or the fresh air on your body, breathe it in slowly and deeply and savour it.  Really soak up the feeling of warmth and the new atmosphere around you by noticing the little sounds, smells and tastes.  Try not to rush from one thing to another by giving yourself time to just sit by the pool or walk leisurely along the beach.  

If a worrying thought pops into your head, give yourself permission to let it go for the day and come back to yourself.  Enjoy, relax and smile.

FSCS protects savings of up to £85,000 per person in UK authorised banks, building societies and credit unions. If you’re saving for the perfect summer holiday, you check your savings are safe by visiting